A salad made with shrimp, cucumber and avocado is perfect for family gatherings because it’s delicious, hearty and makes even the pickiest of eaters smile. The types of foods we eat directly affect our teeth, so that’s why it’s best to always have a bowl of fresh vegetables on the table. The vegetables in this recipe have many health benefits, including crunchy cucumbers, which will help clean the surfaces of your teeth as you chew. Did you know cilantro has deodorizing properties that may help freshen your breath? Also, don’t forget the health benefits of making your own sugar-free salad dressing for fewer cavity-causing calories. I hope readers enjoy making this healthy, low-carb, high-fiber dish that will help them live well and smile more!

1/2 lb. cooked, peeled shrimp (can be grilled, boiled or sauteed)
3–4 cucumber, Japanese or Persian preferred
2 avocados
2 tomatoes
1/2 red onion (and/or bell peppers)
1 fresh lime, juiced
3–4 cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sushi vinegar
lettuce (Mānoa or butter)
salt & pepper to taste

1. Cube the avocados and sprinkle them with a bit of the lime juice. Set aside in large bowl.
2. Cut the cucumber, tomato and onion into bite-sized pieces. Add to the cubed avocado.
3. Add grilled, boiled or sauteed shrimp to the bowl of veggies. Cut them in half if preferred.
4. Add chopped cilantro to taste.
5. For the dressing, mix the olive oil, sushi vinegar and lime juice in a small bowl. Blend well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Pour desired amount over veggie and shrimp mix. Toss lightly.
7. Serve the veggie-shrimp mixture over a bed of lettuce. Serves 2–4.

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